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Explain the DVLA to me like I am a 5 year old please
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Hi Everyone, I am looking for someone who really knows how the DVLA  / driving works with regards to OSA. Apologies if this is a little long winded but i need to explain this as accurately as I…Continue

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John replied to lee smeaton's discussion Explain the DVLA to me like I am a 5 year old please
"I got a provisional license just for ID purposes, at height of covid pandemic. I got a searching look from the doc as to whether I was really fit to drive or not, but it wasn't for driving anyway.Only problem - it took 8 months to come though.…"
Jan 12
Kath Hope replied to lee smeaton's discussion Explain the DVLA to me like I am a 5 year old please
"Great to hear Lee - good on them and hope they also send the pdf from the DVLA to educate the doctor!!"
Dec 16, 2021
lee smeaton replied to lee smeaton's discussion Explain the DVLA to me like I am a 5 year old please
"Just spoken to Papworth, they are sending me a letter to give to Bupa to say there is no restriction on my driving"
Dec 16, 2021
Kath Hope replied to lee smeaton's discussion Explain the DVLA to me like I am a 5 year old please
"Great Lee as at least you know and it's good your CPAP therapy is going well :) Even if rounded down it's still moderate OSA lol, and this was just based on one night so other nights it could have been higher or lower. The important thing…"
Dec 16, 2021
lee smeaton replied to lee smeaton's discussion Explain the DVLA to me like I am a 5 year old please
"Hi Kath, I have managed to track down my scored from my initial sleep survey at Peterborough my AHI was 15.4 and they have recorded that as moderate sleep Apnoea (if only they had rounded it down!) I had a 4% dip rate whatever that means and my…"
Dec 16, 2021
Kath Hope replied to lee smeaton's discussion Explain the DVLA to me like I am a 5 year old please
"Agree with you Lee and we always point out to people that it's 'sleepiness' the Epworth scores on. Glad you didn't have an accident with the micro sleep, and of course this could certainly be due to the untreated sleep apnoea,…"
Dec 15, 2021
lee smeaton replied to lee smeaton's discussion Explain the DVLA to me like I am a 5 year old please
"Thank you Kath, I think I will need to go back to Peterborough respiratory dept as they are the ones who ran my initial sleep study (quite a basic one with smart watch and pulse oximeter) and they never gave me any results - and never forwarded…"
Dec 15, 2021
Kath Hope replied to lee smeaton's discussion Explain the DVLA to me like I am a 5 year old please
"Hi Lee Papworth are correct that it is not the decision of the BUPA doctor to tell you whether or not to drive. The rules have changed as in my day when I got diagnosed many years ago, all of us had to stop driving if we'd been diagnosed with…"
Dec 15, 2021
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Explain the DVLA to me like I am a 5 year old please

Hi Everyone, I am looking for someone who really knows how the DVLA  / driving works with regards to OSA. Apologies if this is a little long winded but i need to explain this as accurately as I can.In the summer I had what I can only describe as a microsleep in the afternoon whilst driving home which momentarily caused me to drift into the oncoming lane - which thankfully was empty.As a result I went to my GP who ordered blood tests and referred me to my local hospital sleep clinic to test for…See More
Dec 15, 2021
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Feeling Abandoned by the Sleep Clinic

I was diagnosed with OSA back in 2017 following having used the Hope 2 Sleep diagnostic home thing. (Thank you!). Since being diagnosed with OSA I've also been diagnosed with hypertension and am being treated for this with medication.I was given a…See More
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Kath Hope replied to John's discussion Are resmed airsense reports really accurate?
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